American actress Joan Copeland, remembered for her numerous roles in Broadway plays and well-known television series, died on Tuesday in New York at the age of 99, according to various media reports on Wednesday.
Her son, Eric Kupchik, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter, noting that Copeland died in her sleep at her home in Manhattan, without the cause of death being known for now.
The actress, sister of playwright Arthur Miller, chose Copeland as her stage name to distinguish herself from him when she made her Broadway debut in 1948 with the play “Sundown Beach.”
“I didn’t want to (use) Miller for obvious reasons, I didn’t want to take advantage of my brother’s name,” she explained in an interview with The New York Times in 1981.
Over the years, however, Copeland starred onstage in some of Miller’s written plays, such as “The American Clock” (1980), for which she won the Drama Desk Award for her performance.
In addition to on stage, the interpreter had a successful career on the small screen, with roles in numerous soap operas such as “Love of Life”, “Search for Tomorrow” and “One Life to Live” and in very popular series such as “Law and Order ».
In the cinema, she appeared among other films in “The Goddess” (1958), a film allegedly based on the former wife of Arthur Miller and sister-in-law of Copeland, Marilyn Monroe.
Born in New York, Copeland was married to engineer George J. Kupchik from 1946 until her death in 1989 and leaves behind a son.